Updated: 31 March 2020 (please note: this page will be regularly updated to reflect changing circumstances)
As always, our primary focus remains on providing and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment for the entire Fortescue family. Since the outbreak began in January 2020, we have carefully monitored its impact and guidelines introduced by Commonwealth and State Governments.
Our Incident Management Team is meeting daily to review our operations and the Government’s advice. As the social distancing guidelines have expanded, we have responded to each additional measure quickly and are regularly communicating with our teams on all matters relating to the mining sector, as well as the importance of physical distancing and stringent hygiene.
Our focus on the health and safety of our workforce extends to their mental health and wellbeing. All Fortescue team members have access to the Fortescue Chaplains and Employee Assistance Program 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For the latest information on the global outbreak, please find a range of available resources below:
We are encouraging our team members to download the Australian Government’s Coronavirus App, available via the Apple App Store or Google Play, and to register for alerts via the Government’s WhatsApp service.
We have a robust COVID-19 case management process in place to manage a positive case at one of our sites or offices.
This process is in accordance with the WA Department of Health guidelines and is reviewed on a daily basis.
COVID-19 case management process summary:
On 27 March 2020, we announced a temporary change to our operational site rosters from a two-week/one-week roster to a four-week/two-week roster. This will reduce people movement on and off our sites by around 40 per cent.
The following additional measures are also in place for our team members at operational sites:
All team members based at the Fortescue Centre and Bennett Street offices in Perth are now required to work from home, unless there is a particular business need that requires them to be in the office.
The Fortescue Family Room, our on-site creche facility, has been closed temporarily and external visitors, including family members, are unable to visit a Fortescue office unless critical for business.
Additional measures include:
Fortescue Centre inductions
Online Fortescue New Starter Inductions have replaced face to face inductions. All new starters or returning personnel no longer attend inductions in person at the Fortescue Centre. For more information, please reach out to your recruiter or contact email@example.com.
In line with the travel restrictions announced by the Commonwealth and State Governments, we have introduced a number of protocols relating to travel for Fortescue team members:
WA border restrictions
Effective 24 March 2020, Western Australia has implemented strict border controls requiring all arrivals from other States in Australia to self-isolate for 14 days.
We are working with our non-resident workforce to ensure Fortescue can continue to operate safely, maintain jobs, sustain our business and protect communities. This includes offering employees and contractors the opportunity to temporarily relocate to WA.
Confirmation of employment letters
Our Fortescue People team will be providing all employees with a letter confirming that they are employed by Fortescue, should they be requested to provide evidence of authorisation to travel interstate or within the WA region. The letters will confirm that travel should be permitted on the basis that the purpose of work meets the criteria of an essential service.
As a leading Australian business, we take our responsibility to our suppliers and business partners seriously.
We understand the ongoing impact of COVID-19 will be challenging for many in our community, especially small businesses, and we are implementing practical solutions to support them during this period of uncertainty.
For the period of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will offer 14-day payment terms to all small businesses, benefitting an additional 250 suppliers.
We are committed to providing our team, contractors, suppliers and key stakeholders with the latest information as the COVID-19 outbreak continues.
In addition to the daily Incident Management Team meetings, we have:
A number of videos have also been produced as an effective means of communication: